Beautifully written story with characters that really come alive. The flawed nature of many of these characters gives them and the book an authenticity way beyond normal fiction. The author has an ability to lead you to guess (correctly!) at certain outcomes before they occur in the story which I found very unusual but satisfying when the tale reached that point. To find out if your guess was right makes the book unputdownable.
You are in Victorian London. In spite of the poverty and struggle to survive the story is not depressing or dark but quite uplifting. Dodger makes you laugh and the story artfully mixes real historical persons with imaginary characters to give a real sense of the "times". It is also a treatise on London's sewer system which seems an unlikely background but Pratchet manages an enthralling story in spite of this.
I have rarely enjoyed a book which so totally immerses the reader in the period - a historical novel par exellence with an unlikely hero to identify with and cheer on through the trials and tribulations of his fight against powerful political forces in order save a young lady from a miserable fate.
A book to read again and again!
Gareth Armstrong brings a real Welsh flavour and knowledge that makes the inhabitants of Swansea, where the story takes place, come alive.
Much as I like John Lee as a narrator he was misplaced in Evan Blessed - the other Evan book available on Audible.
The story is a very pleasant read and hard to put down once started.
Good story and characters.
John Lee is a great narrator but this performance is spoiled by a faltering accent and many mispronunciations of places and things Welsh. As a Welsh born reader I was irritated by these. For example the 'fair' part of Llanfair does not rhyme with hair - the ai sound is pronounced as the personal pronoun ' I '.
If the purpose of attempting a Welsh accent is to add authenticity then an editor who knows Welsh pronounciations should by used. It is a notoriously difficult accent to imitate complicated by regIonal differences.
Most readers would not know the difference but I believe all readers deserve as authentic an experience as possible.
Yes, to write this review to plead for an Editor who understands Welsh pronounciations!
A main character that was unbelievable considering that he was supposed to be a transplant surgeon. Knowing that he was dealing with sadistic murderers he stumbles into situations with amazing stupidity and his knowledge of human nature is equally inept.
The story is interesting enough but the way the author chose to link many different venues and situations was to invent this implausible character which for me destroyed the credulity of the book.
The ending gives the impression that the author ran out of steam or situations in which to exercise the stupidity of his main character or alternatively to set the reader up for a sequel that would see the Doctor continue to blunder around the worldl
No. The abrupt ending suggests a sequel but I would not buy it. Accepting that the book was a work of fiction there were too many implausible characters and situations and consequently not a pleasurable read.
While the concept of these three books is good the character of Stark is so godlike in his humility and caring for his soldiers as to be completely unbelievable. The battle scenes take up a considerable proportion of the three books - without them it could have been one large volume instead of three. If you like military rah, rah, then you may enjoy the story but for me it became increasingly tedious and predictable. Fortunately in John Henry's later books his characters become less one dimensional and more interesting.
You really have to like blood and guts to listen to this story. Stretches the limits of incredulity even for a novel. The main character is "likeable" but completely unbelievable. Cannot fault the reader who does a reasonable job despite the teflon nature of our hero. If you like novels where the maincharacter is superhuman and incredibly lucky to remain alive as something always turns up to save him then you might enjoy the story. There are also some glaring errors of geographical fact but they pale into insignificance compared with the incredible exploits of the Gray Man. I personally prefer some degree of authenticity and plausibilty.
A poorly written turgid novel with a miscast reader. Barrington sounds ancient and Felicity a caricature of an English lady. The voices lack any authenticity but the substance of the novel is so weak that any reader would struggle to make it interesting for the listener. Not recommended!
Still as amazing as when I first read the book many years ago. The reader is excellent and even though I remembered much of the story I still could not put it down easily.
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